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Penny's Diner

American, Diner
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Highway 285, Vaughn, NM
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We come here for the atmosphere and food. Pros Very good food Reasonably priced Nice efficient real people work here, not one fake smile in the bunch. Cons The floor could be just a little cleaner, it's not gross. Just needs a bit of help

Thank Randall M
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195 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We came across this place by chance and were thrilled. The burgers were exceptional and the staff were fantastic. Definitely worth going in to eat.

Thank Pete B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Went here as we drove from Denver to Alamogordo. I have had a burger which was not eatable in my opinion, the servant obviously saw that but did not ask if anything was wrong. Even in the smallest town that is not acceptable in my opinion. My companions microwave- meatloaf was acceptable. I will try to never eat there again....

Thank Marcel9999
Fort Riley, Kansas
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped by while enroute to El Paso TX. Its a nice cozy spot. I ordered the tacos and they were ok nothing that spectacular. You get 4 tacos, rice and beans for 8.99 rice was over cooked you can see the stickiness, beans were ok but flavorless then again in this small town that's probably the best you going to... More 

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Buffalo NY
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340 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

It looks like Vaughn is a hamlet on life support, but Penny's seems to be living well despite the vagaries of its dubious location. Way in the boondocks and a rough boondocks as well, Penny's is a shiny diner with pleasant staff and good food as well. Disregard the sign advertising possum... it's a joke even though the situation might... More 

Thank Hewitty15
Bandera, Texas
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100 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Old fashioned (updated) shiny diner with a few booths/tables and counter/stools. A menu you would expect in a small town diner. Daily specials, blue plate type and the usual sandwiches, burgers etc. Food was good, service was good. There is outdoor dining, weather permitting. Reasonably priced. Parking in the back for trucks, buses and RVs.

Thank Ray S
Artesia, New Mexico
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Service was good. Food was good and quickly prepared. Usual diner fare. I had chicken fried steak. hubby had cheeseburger and onion rings. Plenty of food, and nice atmosphere. We always stop when traveling to AND from Alburquerque.

Thank n5wbh
Logan, Utah
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Yucky food, but was the only option in Vaughn. Ordered a hamburger w mushrooms and it came on 2 pieces of white Wonder Bread with mushrooms out of a can :( We also tried the nachos; they were bad too. Were not given any silver ware or napkins. Had to help myself to some paper towels from the counter. 90%... More 

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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This was the only place to eat for miles around, but don't let that keep you from stopping. We had the Cheese Burger Basket. It was a bargain for $5.99; burger, plenty of fries, and a drink and they are open 24/7! We were a little nervous passing through the town as many building were closed. However, the diner was... More 

Thank 4Enterprises
Boerne, Texas
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

My boys and I were headed down from Colorado Springs, CO to Carlsbad, NM and they were starting to get hungry. Being out in the middle of New Mexico, I had a feeling finding something was going to be a challenge. I was more than pleasantly surprised to see Penny's as we came into town. We arrived during the middle... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Highway 285, Vaughn, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Vaughn
on Hwy 285

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?